Ave Verum Corpus - EDM Mixed Genre

Hi Boris!

I'm submitting a concept track with a mixture of influences, including EDM.


In addition is the a capella version recorded and tracked separately by my amateur ensemble, "Aistion" (translated "We must sing") based in Westchester.


As you know, I come primarily from a classical and church music background with an eclectic mixture of influences from the Renaissance to current including William Byrd, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, The Beatles, The Eagles, Rick Astley, Sting, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Rihanna, The Chainsmokers, Justin Timberlake, Enigma, Lesiem, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and last but not least John Williams!

I don't have an easy specific reference for this type of track other than It's something which I feel I've only heard passing glimpses of over the past 20 years, but I can't quite put my finger on where I've heard a similar combination of genres - perhaps world sounds from Andrea Bocellli come or Sarah Brightman come closest.

The parts I tried to incorporate from your awesome course were:

1. Coming up with an interesting groove, and variations on the groove
2. Coming up with a basic song form to "fool" the listener into thinking this might be a regular or standard song form, though ti's quite different from most. I have an intro, multiple "verses" sung by quartet, multiple instrumental interludes using either lead electric guitar or synth hook, and an outro.
3. The song has lyrics, but in the dead language of Latin. Does this still qualify as a song therefore?
4. A 2 layered bass line to follow the chord progressions, rather than stand out as a riffy element.
5. Variety of layering. The texture changes throughout to help separate of fade in/out the various sections. Generally the texture is thicker for the interludes and thins out in varying degrees when the ensemble "verses" sing. Sometimes there's an abrupt change of texture or other times a dovetailing of textures.
6. I did try to push the boundaries for what defines a typical EDM song by blending an unusual combination of genres: EDM, Pop/Rock, R&B, and Sacred Renaissance Choral music.
7. When I chose synths and textures, I did try to program each instrument to "speak" by coordinating on different accents of the groove so that each instrument adds subtly or intensely to the vibe of the track.

Where I deviated:

This was also a collaboration with a deceased composer, William Byrd, from the 16th century using one of his most profound and famous choral meditations on the nature of the divine, "Ave Verum Corpus". So I customized my track to mesh with his ideas. HIs chord progressions were highly complex and varied (yet pleasing and logical) even for his day, so I emulated him by creating "interludes" of varying length to match the lengths of his chordal phrases as best as possible. I split up his continuous composition into 4-16 bar sections that made sense cadentially. Then I inserted chord progressions similar in flavor, frequently oscillating between minor and major modes to seemlessly flow into his next chord progression. Thus:

1. I have neither a modal nor repetitive chord progression, but rather a mostly "through composed" progression. The second half of the track does repeat a long progression though from the words "O dulcis" through "miserere mei" before the outro progression on "Amen".
2. No definitive "Chorus" per se. However, the arpeggiated plucked synth prominent in the intro and many of the interludes sort of serves as a "hook".
3. No definitive "verse" even
4. Use of irregular phrasing (though most were groups of 4, 8, or 16, there were some odd number phrases of 5 or 7 measures, etc. However the beat remained constant at 4/4
5. Tempo Choice. The a capella version was performed at about 72 BPM, so this would be on the slowish side of most EDM tracks. However, with the added sub-pulses, this could be felt at 144 BPM, which is slightly faster than most EDM tracks, lol! (Couldn't win!)

I would truly appreciate any and all feedback as I intend to do more of this hybrid combination of styles in the near future! :-)

Here are the lyrics and translation for Ave Verum Corpus:

Ave, verum corpus natum
de Maria Virgine:
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine:
cuius latus perforatum
unda fluxit sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum,
in mortis examine.

[O dulcis, O pie, O Jesu, Fili Mariae.
Miserere mei.] ( phrase in bracket repeated twice)

Hail the true body, born
of the Virgin Mary:
You who truly suffered and were sacrificed
on the cross for the sake of man.
From whose pierced flank
flowed water and blood:
Be a foretaste for us
in the trial of death.

O sweet, O merciful, O Jesus, Son of Mary.
Have mercy on me.


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